oa Agriprobe - Considering irrigation dams for aquaculture

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



There a lot of interest from farmers in farming with fish as an additional enterprise, the most popular fish species being the Tilapia (). The majority of interested farmers already have some form of access to land and water resources for agriculture or other uses. Using dam water for irrigation and aquaculture purposes serves as an advantage for farmers to have alternative production from the available resources. However, with the long cold winter and short summer seasons in the Western Cape, there are a number of considerations that have to be taken into account in the planning stages. The location and the site selected have direct and indirect influence on most aspects affecting the initial and operating capital costs to ensure that the enterprise is economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

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